Animal diseases

Animal keepers are responsible for the health of animals in their care, ensuring their welfare, health and productivity and for dealing with animal diseases or other animal related threats. Some of the diseases are so important that a local Animal Health office of Defra must be notified, if they are suspected or diagnosed. These are called notifiable diseases.

For detailed information on animal diseases and animal health see:

If you have any concerns about the health of animals in your care, you should first consult your own veterinary surgeon.


Zoonoses are infections naturally transmissible between vertebrate animal hosts and humans. Transmission may be direct (in occupational settings, or due to leisure activity, or to keeping pets) or via food and water. Zoonotic infections are monitored in England and Wales through arrangements for both human and animal health.

Further information on Zoonoses can be found below:

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Environmental Protection Team
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